Senior Veterinary Assistant, Community Medicine - Miami
Posted on: January 16, 2022
ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end,
being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA
employees, including new hires. ASPCA makes reasonable
accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or
sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being
vaccinated.The Community Medicine Senior Veterinary Assistant (SVA)
is an essential member of the medical team that provides preventive
and basic medical care including spay/neuter surgery to pet dogs
and cats living with their families in ASPCA Focus areas and
animals in the care of the rescue community in Miami.Services are
provided at one of our stationary Community Veterinary Centers
(CVC) and include examinations, diagnostics, treatments, minor
surgery and basic dentistry concentrating on conditions which can
be addressed with reasonable resources and have a high likelihood
of a positive outcome. The Community Veterinary Center will also
provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries. The SVA is
responsible animal handling, assisting the veterinarian with office
visits, patient preparation for surgery, monitoring of surgical
patients and for the cleaning/disinfecting and general maintenance
of medical equipment.The Senior Veterinary Assistant reports
directly to the Medical Staff Manager and takes direction from
clinic veterinarian and technician regarding medical protocols and
patient care.This is a full-time position, approximately 8 hours a
day, 5 days a week (40 hours/week). One or both weekend days will
be required. The position requires flexibility in schedule,
willingness to occasionally work beyond the scheduled end of the
work day and occasional flexibility in reporting
- Assist with out-patient exams by taking patient medical
- Be proficient in animal restraint for various procedures
(examples: injections, venipuncture, intubation, euthanasia).
- Monitor vital signs of sedated and anesthetized patients in
preoperative, operative, and postoperative phases.
- Set up preoperative area and operating room for patient
anesthesia, surgical preparation, and sterilization. This includes
stocking these areas with necessary supplies.
- Ensure anesthetic machines, pulse oximeters, scales, and other
equipment are functional. When equipment is not working properly
report to the Medical Manager.
- Clean, sonicate, pack, and sterilize surgical instruments.
- Clean and disinfect endotracheal tubes.
- Assist with dentistry procedures.
- Assist with minor surgical procedures amenable to being
performed on an out patient basis.
- Assist with patient exams, perform diagnostic testing. Prepare
medications to go home with the client/patient as prescribed by the
- Provide support and medical services for clients of Community
Engagement (CE) and other ASPCA departments as needed including
evaluation of animals living in hoarding situations.
- Work with coworkers to clean and disinfect kennels, transport
carriers, equipment, and facility while utilizing appropriate
personal protective equipment.
- Work with coworkers to spot clean operating room, kennels,
counters, and floors throughout day.Customer Service and Training
- Communicate in effective and professional manner with public
and all ASPCA staff members
- Know basic veterinary medical concepts, including vaccine
protocols and anesthetic risks. Be able to communicate such
information to clients.
- When Veterinarian has documented information about an animal's
condition, adequately explain such information to clients.
- Participate in the training of CM staff, ASPCA Interns and
Residents and veterinary and technical students by coaching,
discussion and demonstration.
- Represent ASPCA in professional and courteous manner at all
- Provide medical information and representation to other ASPCA
- Adhere to all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and
- Follow all written and verbally communicated CM Standard
- Attend all staff meetings and training sessions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.Exemplifies the ASPCA's Core
- Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of
- Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
- Believes in Team - that we are stronger together
- Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
- Focuses on Impact , specifically making change for
animalsQualifications:Ability to work independently and as part of
team., Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office and ability
to use paperless medical records and view online calendar and
email, Excellent animal handling skills required, Fluency in
English required, bilingual in Spanish and/or Creole strongly
preferred, Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and carry 40-plus
pounds repeatedly throughout day with assistance, Must be able to
work standing for 8 or more hours., Must maintain open mind
regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new
protocols, Must possess excellent customer service skills., Must
possess the ability to work efficiently and calmly under
challenging conditions, Strong interest in animal welfare and
serving underserved communities
Language:Creole, English (Required), SpanishEducation and Work
Experience:GED, High School Diploma (Required)
1-2 years of veterinary medical or animal husbandry experienceOur
EEO Policy:The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national
origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age,
marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual
orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.Applicants
with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation
under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain
state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the
ASPCA's standard application process, which will ensure an equal
employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the
ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA's People Team if you need an
accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise
participate in the application process.Individuals seeking
employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed,
religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity
or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship
status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information,
military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected
by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or
ordinances.ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).Please
don't forget to attach your resume and cover letter to complete
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